“History Is a Whitewash”

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It’s a fact that the European / Greater Mediterranean history isn’t as white as western history textbooks and media make it. If you won’t listen to me, listen to Doctor Who played by Peter Capaldi:

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Bill: “Regency England, a bit more black than they show in the movies.”

Doctor Who: “So is Jesus. History is a whitewash.”

Doctor Who‘s tenth season seems to be working hard to rescue the series from the preceding slump of mediocrity. This bit of deliciousness comes from the episode “Thin Ice” (s. 10, ep. 3), written by Sarah Dollard. Image via Ninon / amanitacaplan on Tumblr.

I may have to pick up Doctor Who again.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

This Little Library Is Much Bigger on the Inside

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Little Free Libraries aim to increase access to books for children, young people and their families.

This particular little library is certainly taking advantage of Doctor Who mythos!

Little TARDIS library via Little Free Library Project UK

Little TARDIS library via Little Free Library Project UK.

From the project website:

“The Little TARDIS Library will now embark on a tour of the UK sharing stories with children and young people to help promote their love of reading. Stocked with hundreds of classic books (because the Little TARDIS Library is bigger on the inside) it will be landing in schools, libraries and parks across the UK.

“The Little TARDIS Library is designed to engage children and young people and is scaled as such, being 1.2 metres high x 600 mm wide.”

Just lovely. 🙂 Best of luck with the tour!

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

1920s Take on the Seventh Doctor

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Spotted on Cosplay Couture: what was envisioned as a more Edwardian design turned into a 1920s-30s take on the Seventh Doctor.

Cosplay Couture Seventh Doctor

Costume and styling by Courtney Coulson, photography by Luke Milton / Cosplay Couture.

Costumer Courtney Coulson describes her process:

“[T]he final result is very different to what I originaly envisioned, though thankfully for the better, I feel. It was originally more Edwardian but when I tried it on, it was quite shapeless. Sometimes things work in an illustration but not in reality. So I restyled it into something with hints of the 1920’s and 30’s. Modelling this costume was easy though, I love having a prop and here I had both the umbrella and the hat. You might also notice the TARDIS key. We were quite fortunate with the locations, this was just a five minute walk from Luke’s house and I don’t think they would look out of place in a McCoy era episode.”

I love how the iconic details of the Seventh Doctor’s outfit, especially the vest, are still recognizeable even if the shape is very different. I’m not a shoe person, but I couldn’t help but notice that the shoes are also a very good match. See:

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Sylvester McCoy as the Seventh Doctor. Image via the seventh Doctor page at iaith.tapetrade.net.

Very impressive! More photos at the Cosplay Couture Tumblr.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Doctor Who Theme on Piano with Cosplay

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Composer and pianist Sonya Belousova and director Tom Grey staged a version of the Doctor Who theme with cosplay:

Sonya not only steps out of the Tardis, we see her play a Tardis-blue grand piano in a multitide of Doctor outfits in just over two minutes. Neat!

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Making Progress: Breast Cancer Awareness Themed Items for 2014

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So far I haven’t created any products for specific campaigns or themes (apart from my usual business charitable giving). This year, I wanted to do a test batch and chose October and breast cancer awareness.

There are some gorgeous pinks and reds in my fabric stash. I selected a few to make a small quantity of lavender sachets and mini storage cubes. Some sachets are plain, some have a heart applique in the front and some were inspired by the Tardis; all are limited run and sold singly. A part of the sachets are in darker colors – burgundy red and purple – as a nod towards male breast cancer. I also sewed two unique sets of two mini cubes; the rest of the cubes are limited run and sold singly. Here is a group photo:

2014 PGH Breast Cancer Awareness

They are now available in my Etsy store; more photos can be seen on Flickr. Five percent of the proceeds go to Susan G. Komen. It will be interesting to see how a themed set like this performs compared to my usual selection. At the very least it has been educational to think in terms of a specific collection or purpose.

12th Doctor Trailer & Fan-Composed Theme

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Something Doctor-ish must be in the air this week! First, BBC released the Doctor Who series 8 official full length trailer last Sunday.

Not only that, I ran into this fabulous fan composition: Who Am I? (12th Doctor’s theme by James Jarvis).

It went straight into my geeky playlist! One of the comments called the theme “dark yet mysterious.” I’d add that it has potential for contemplation or reflection, even melancholy. Even though we still don’t know much about this incarnation of the Doctor, it sounds like reflection of the past is the theme (or one of the themes) for season 8. The official trailer gives some clues (at approx. 0:25-0:35) when the Doctor says:

Doctor: I’ve lived for over 2,000 years. I’ve made many mistakes. It’s about time I did something about that.

And later, on the Tardis steps (at approx. 0:45-0:55), there is this exchange between Doctor and Clara:

Doctor: Clara, tell me: am I a good man?
Clara: I… don’t know.

Jenna Coleman’s hesitant delivery of Clara’s line is brilliant, as are Peter Capaldi’s pensive facial expressions picked for the trailer. James Jarvis’s composition captures the attitude of the trailer very well – try playing the trailer without sound with Jarvis’s theme in the background.

Can’t wait for season 8!

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Discoveries: The Hillywood Show

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The Hillywood Show is a parody video project by sisters Hilly and Hannah Hindi. Each of their videos features impersonations, song and dance numbers and spoofs of various celebrities or movie / tv characters. Falling down that rabbit hole that is the Internet, I found my way to them through their Doctor Who / Rocky Horror Picture Show crossover-mashup-awesomeness.

In Hilly and Hannah’s own words,

“People assume that a parody is a strict progression of cause to effect, but actually, from a non- linear, non-subjective viewpoint, it’s more like a big video of wibbly-wobbly, Time Warp stuff. Like the TARDIS, The Hillywood Show® makes a production that’s bigger on the inside and showcases David Tennant’s beloved Doctor in a memorable way. Allons-y!”

Without further ado, I give you the Tenth Doctor, brilliantly cosplayed by Hilly Hindi, doing the Time Warp, a parody video by The Hillywood Show:

 

How come I had never heard of them before? So, so brilliant! Thank you, Hilly and Hannah!

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Photo Pairings: Doctor Who

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I’m going to take a leaf out of blogger Holly Becker’s book and try photo pairings. Holly started with pictures of some floral fabrics and paired them with photos she thought were a good match to the pattern. I’ll try it with a geeky starting point.

This batch was inspired by Doctor Who. You can’t think of Doctor Who without thinking about certain iconic things like the Tardis…

Tardis Room

Left: Zir, via Wikipedia. Right: The Design Files, via decor8.

Left: Zir, via Wikipedia. Right: The Design Files, via decor8.

…the fourth Doctor’s scarf…

Doctor Who Scarf Leaf

Left: Traveling the Vortex. Right: Kent McFarland, via Audubon Guides.

Left: Traveling the Vortex. Right: Kent McFarland, via Audubon Guides.

…the other Time Lords…

Time Lords Gallifrey Room

Top: BBC, via katherine_b. Bottom: Charles Neal Interiors.

Top: BBC, via katherine_b. Bottom: Charles Neal Interiors.

…and Daleks (this one with tongue firmly in cheek):

Colored Dalek Outfits

Left: Doctor Who TV. Right: Rue Magazine Sept 2013.

Left: Doctor Who TV. Right: Rue Magazine Sept 2013.

That was fun! Anything you’d like to add?

Online Finds: Free Valentine’s Day Printables

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Here’s a roundup of just some of the free printable geeky Valentines Day cards out there.

Yoda Valentines card by The Inked Leaf / The Dating Divas.

Yoda Valentines card by The Inked Leaf / The Dating Divas.

Enjoy!

Making Progress: First Impressions on Changing Tack

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What would be better for the last proper post of the year than reflection? Below I’ll share some of my thoughts on changing careers. But first a little sidenote to show off my last library project.

My previous job was at a (great!) high school library. Although the Doctor Who 50th anniversary took place after I left, I wanted to do something. I turned one of our blue bookcarts into a Tardis – so fitting, right? – and decorated it with snippets of Doctor Who history plus pictures of Who-fan projects found online. The librarians kindly rolled my display out at the proper time and posted these photos on their Flickr feed.

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Display: Eppu Jensen; photo: Carl A. Pescosolido Library.

PeskyLibrary DrWho Back

Display: Eppu Jensen; photo: Carl A. Pescosolido Library.

PeskyLibrary DrWho Side

Display: Eppu Jensen; photo: Carl A. Pescosolido Library.

All photos from the PeskyLibrary Flickr (Carl A. Pescosolido Library, Governor’s Academy).

I’ve been working for myself for 6 months now. The decision to make the change was very difficult. I felt I was trying to balance such an incongruent amount of wishes and wants that there was no good solution. In a way, that helped: knowing there was no way to accommodate *everything*, I had to focus on *something*. It forced me to decide what I wanted most out of a change, concentrate on achieving that and re-evaluate every other consideration as honestly as I could.

There are times when I miss the library, my colleagues and students, very much. I miss being an active part of the book world. I miss using my academic skills. And quite honestly, I miss a steady paycheck. However, I’ve gained what I most wanted out of the change: more family time and more control. Almost all of my library career involved evenings. I hardly got to see my husband, let alone share daylight with him. Now I have both. I’ve gotten to stretch myself and learn new skills. I’ve also gained new contacts. Although I got to be creative at the library, too, I now get to flex different creative muscles, ones I feared were in danger of atrophying.

Change is unsettling, even frightening, but change is also challenging and rewarding. Even in hindsight, given the same circumstances, I’d make the same decision again.